The G3 Lacrosse Goalie of the Week award kicked off last week, given to Highland Park (Tex.) senior Penn State commit Colby Kneese. This week, it stays in the South region with another Big Ten commit: Christian Tomei from Oxbridge Academy (Fla.), an early verbal to Ohio State. The freshman collected 18 saves to upset top-seeded St. Andrew’s (Fla.) in the first round of the FHSAA playoffs, 8-7.
G3 Lacrosse was founded in 2011 to expand the vision and passion for the game of lacrosse and the goaltending position. The initial focus of G3 is meticulous instruction and development of the goaltender position across the sport. Their mission is to utilize the game of lacrosse to teach young goaltenders about the core values that will serve to lead and influence them long after their lacrosse careers come to an end. The ultimate goal of G3 is to foster an appreciation for the opportunities the game of lacrosse provides and develop an understanding of how lessons learned in this game correlate to life outside of the playing field. In addition to growing the lacrosse player on the field through an array of new, innovative and instructional drills and techniques, G3 Lacrosse also strives to manifest the growth in every young man and woman that has the privilege to play this great game. G3 Lacrosse is directed by current MLL and Division 1 goaltenders & coaches John Galloway, Adam Ghitelman, and Kip Turner.
Tomei was inserted into the lineup after OA’s three-year starter in cage, Ethan Randell, recently got injured in practice. Having committed to Ohio State in late November, the 6’2, 200-pound future Buckeye clearly made the most of the opportunity and in clutch (and acrobatic, reportedly) fashion, corralling seven saves in the final quarter to secure the upset bid. In addition to his save total, he also led the clear to fuel Oxbridge’s transition game, according to people in attendance.
Here’s what FloridaLacrosseNews.com had to say, via Lee Roggenburg:
“Let’s start with Christian Tomei, Oxbridge’s backup goalie, pressed into action after starter Ethan Randell was injured in practice, coming up with 18 saves, a 72% save percentage.
They were not easy shots.
Twice he came up with rapid fire double saves with the second one coming from in close.
But he saved his best for last.
After turning over the Oxbridge clear after OA took the lead, SA worked it around and found star attacker Nick Iznaga all alone about 9 yards out for the clean step down rip, but Tomei rose, or should I say sprawled to the occasion, smothering the shot with his body to preserve the win.
Monday morning at school will be a lot of fun for Mr. Tomei. Just remember that St. Thomas is 36 hours later after that school bell rings at 7:00am.”
The No. 4 seed in the Florida state playoffs, Oxbridge moves on to face undefeated St. Thomas Aquinas, a team ranked 23rd in last week’s Sideline Swap / Recruiting Rundown Top 25 High School Power Rankings. The Thunderwolves also feature the Hayek brothers, senior LSM/D Colin (Maryland) and No. 50 junior Brandon (North Carolina), and have been led by Florida Launch head coach Stan Ross the last few years. Ross was a longtime assistant at the Naval Academy.
To nominate a player for the RR / G3 Goalie of the Week honor, e-mail nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org with stats, notes and photos, video and links when applicable. Nominations close on Sunday nights at 8PM.